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EIU Master of Science in Health Promotion


Total Credits: 33 

Required Courses (Credits: 21) 


HCM 5610 – Advanced Analysis and Development of Health Communication Campaigns.  Credits: 3 

An In depth evaluation and production of health communication campaigns based on health behavior theory and health promotion and communication concepts. Emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of communication skills including comparison of message designs, platforms and development of campaign and implementation plan. Course is restricted to students in the following majors; Health Promotion, Communication Studies, Nutrition and Dietetics, Human Services Administration, and Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. 

PUBH 5700 – Health Behavior: Theory and Application. Credits: 3 

An in-depth examination of social and behavioral science theory, research, and practice as related to promoting and maintaining health behaviors Based on the premise that health behavior and behavior change programs are most beneficial when based within a theoretical framework, emphasis will be placed on critical analysis of theory utilization in practical context, including individual- and community-based interventions. 

PUBH 5750 – Program Planning. Credits: 3 

This course will provide both a theoretical and practical approach to program planning and evaluation ranging from individual-level health education and promotion programs to population -based health policy programs. Concepts covered will include needs assessment, interventions, implementation strategies, and process, impact, and outcome evaluation, models/designs, data collection, and analysis and interpretation strategies. 

PUBH 5765 – Epidemiology in Public Health. Credits: 3 

This course provides students with a basic working knowledge of the core competencies, concepts and practices of epidemiology and public health (EPH). The course offers the student exposure to both established principles as well as new and emerging trends. 

PUBH 5770 – Leadership and Ethics for Health Professionals. Credits: 3 

An examination of theories, skills, and applications concerning leadership and ethics within a health organization context. 

PUBH 5800 – Statistical Analysis for Health Professions. Credits: 3 

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of statistics and provides students with reasoning skills that can be applied to statistical information that may be encountered on a daily basis. The course prepares students to draw conclusions from analyses and also communicate analysis results. 

PUBH 5810 – Research Methods for Health Professionals Credits: 3 

This course covers designing, conducting, and analyzing research, including issues of ethics, informed consent, control groups, measurement, and data collection. The course prepares students to design and carry out methodologically sound research. 

And one of the following: 

PUBH 5900 - Graduate Project: Credit/No Credit

This course is designed for students who are completing the Project Option of the degree program.  The course included the extensive critical review of literature on a specific topic and a written manuscript for submission to a specific journal approved by the project coordinator.

PUBH 5950A/5950B - Thesis I and Thesis II: Credit/No Credit

Enrollment for more than three semester hours requires permission of the graduate coordinator or chair. NOTE: A maximum of nine semester hours may be earned in a combination of HST 5950A, 5950B, and HST 5990


Elective Courses (Credits: 6/9): All elective hours are subject to approval by the graduate coordinator.

PUBH 4800 – Drugs and Society. Credits: 3 

A study of drugs and drug use from an historical, biological and social perspective with emphasis on the physiological and pharmacological action of drugs in the body. 

PUBH 4890 – Health and Aging. Credits: 3 

This course is designed to examine common health changes, issues and concerns as they pertain to the aging individual. 

PUBH 5600 – Essentials of International Health. Credits: 3 

This course is designed for students to develop worldwide perspectives as they research, analyze, and compare similarities and differences among the health and wellness practical issues and applications. The course assists students in developing awareness, skills and competencies necessary to become effective and viable global citizens in a diverse world. 

PUBH 5980 – Internship. Credits: Arr.-Arr.-3 to 6 

(Arr.-Arr.-3 to 6) A supervised experience in an agency or institution appropriate to the student’s area of specialization. May be taken to a maximum of six semester credit hours. 

PUBH 5990 – Independent Study. Credits: Arr.-Arr.-1 to 6 

(Arr.-Arr.-1 to 6) An intensive individual study on a topic selected by student under the supervision of a faculty member within the area of interest in health promotion and administrative leadership. Course may be repeated once. A maximum of nine semester hours may be earned in a combination of Thesis and Independent Study. 

HSL 4753 - Nutrition and the Addicted Person. Credits: 1 *

Consideration of nutrition needs and eating problems of addicted persons; nutrition management and treatment plans. 

HSL 4755 - Nutrition for Physical Performance. Credits: 3 *

Examination of metabolism and energy systems related to physical performance. Planning optimum diets for performance. Examine/evaluate controversial practices that may influence metabolism and performance. 

HSL 4820 - Death and Dying. Credits: 3 

Issues of death and dying and their implications for individuals and their families. 

HSL 5151 - Nutrition for Older People. Credits: 1 *

Changes in aging as related to nutrition; dietary needs and diet planning. 

HSL 5854 - Family and Professional Group Processes. Credits: 3 *

The application of group interaction in studying the effects of personality on personal and 
family functioning. 

KSS 5120 – Social Psychology and Physical Activity. Credits: 3 

Study of psychological theories, influence of an audience, the use of social reinforcement, the influence of a model, the impact of competition, personality, attitudes and aggression in physical activity. 

KSS 5225 – Physical Activity and Aging. Credits: 3 

This course includes information on theories of physical aging, functional changes in humans with aging, and effects of both short term and chronic physical activity upon aging systems. Indications and contraindications of activity for older persons are discussed. 


*requires prerequisite 

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Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Julie C.T. Dietz

4303 Klehm

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